Waste to Energy: Cultivation of Algae using Wastewater Streams
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Mira Olson, Associate Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Christopher Sales, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
Richard Cairncross, Associate Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Sabrina Spatari, Assistant Professor, Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering
The goal of this project, originally funded by the U.S. EPA People, Prosperity & the Planet Program, is to remediate waste streams generated by landfills and wastewater treatment plants while at the same time supporting the large-scale cultivation of algae for potential biofuel production and/or biomass production. We are working to understand the mechanisms that control nutrient uptake and the design parameters that optimize biomass production in open-air cultures.